Computer science project uses new tech in service of ancient art

Computer scientists at the University of Kentucky will turn their attention to a pair of medieval manuscripts this summer.

The scholars will visit England, where they will work with a Wycliffe Bible and the 7th century Gospel of St. Chad, and Spain, where they hope to digitize two copies of Homer's Iliad "thought to have been spirited out of Constantinople just before it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453."

The medieval texts are likely to prove more legible than the team's other ongoing project: deciphering scrolls charred almost to ash in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 C.E.